Appalachian Dulcimer


This double-bouted (hourglass shaped) Appalachian dulcimer has an unknown maker, date, and place of origin. All of its three strings are fretted on seventeen frets. The instrument is shaped very much like J. E. Thomas’s instruments but with longer shoulders and mortised ribs. The instrument is assembled with screws and nails, and its fretboard is elevated.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Smith, L. Allen. Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0276.28Accession Number: 1996.0276Catalog Number: 1996.0276.28Collector/Donor Number: E65

Object Name: dulcimer

Physical Description: wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 7/16 in x 6 1/16 in x 35 1/2 in; 8.73125 cm x 15.39875 cm x 90.17 cm


Record Id: nmah_608133

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